5 Minutes with Eureka O’Hara

We were lucky enough to talk to the one and only fabulous human that is Eureka O’Hara about her upcoming TV series called We’re Here! The series follows world-famous drag queens Eureka O’Hara, Bob The Drag Queen and Shangela as they recruit small-town residents to compete in a one-night only drag performance. Each episode sees the trio prepare their drag daughters by showing them the ropes and teaching them how to step outside of their comfort zone.

The concept for the series came from Jonny Ingram and Steven Warren who took Eureka out to lunch to pitch the idea. “I loved it! Being from a small town, small towns in general just have a place in my heart,” Eureka said. Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Eureka O’Hara’s earliest memory of drag was watching Priscilla Queen of the Desert with her grandmother. “I later found out she watched queer films and shows when she thought I would be around because she knew I was queer even before I did,” Eureka told FENNEC. She quickly shot to fame for her kind heart and jazzy personality on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 where she was the first queen to ever leave the competition after injuring her leg in a cheerleading challenge. She then returned for Season 10 where she placed 2nd tied with Kameron Michaels.

When Eureka was just 19-years-old, she had her first drag daughter Anna Tomical. “Maybe she was more my sister since I was still a baby queen myself,” Eureka added. “She always called me Mama regardless and so that’s just what we became.”

While shooting We’re Here, Eureka said the biggest challenge for her was to remain both open and vulnerable while also staying strong. “I got so connected with my drag children through the course of filming.” Eureka shared with us that her favourite part of the transformations was watching her drag children see the transformed version of themselves in the mirror and then watching that persona slowly flow out of them. After some long lessons in drag with her children, a highlight of shooting for Eureka was the drag show. “It’s the culmination of all the work everyone has put in! That’s true for both those behind the scenes and in front of the camera as well as all the emotional work put in by the drag children.”

When asked how drag is different today compared to 10 years ago, Eurkea replied: “Stylistically its changed, in some ways the acceptance of it as well and of course it’s more mainstream now too. I think just as importantly though is what’s remained the same; the heart of drag.”

Drag has been around forever and at its core it’s remained about unapologetically embracing who you are and loving yourself while encouraging others to do the same.

Shooting We’re Here made Eureka realise that as far as we think we’ve come, developed and progressed, “there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, especially in these smaller towns”. It is crucial to have a diverse representation in media. “The real world is diverse! It’s important we all know there are people out there who are like us and that we aren’t alone,” she said. “Being on a show that values diversity and inclusion is probably what I love most about all of this!”

Being a longtime RuPaul’s Drag Race fan both from the couch and live performances, we asked Eureka if she could only have ONE which would it be? Charimsa, Uniqueness, Nerve or Talent? To which Eureka quipped: “Only one?!” Eureka prides herself on her individually and choose uniqueness naturally.

Still in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, we asked how it has affected her: “I have so many new friends; all the variations of my personality! That’s a joke, sort of. I’ve been alone and as an extrovert that’s been hard. On the positive side though, it has allowed me time to explore myself and the many facets that make up who I am as both Eureka and David.”

Make sure you add We’re Here to your list! You can watch it on NEON here. Watch the trailer below!